Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Puri asks states to reduce VAT on aviation turbine fuel

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stressed on the need for reducing VAT on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) with immediate effect during a high-level meeting with ministers and chief secretaries of some states, including West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, on Monday.

The civil aviation ministry secretary told the meeting that the ministry has been requesting GST Council to consider bringing ATF under the ambit of GST, according to an official statement.

Support of the states was also sought in the matter so that domestic airlines can sustain their commercial operations.

Ministers and chief secretaries of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha also attended the meeting via video conference.

The other important issues that were discussed include possibilities of further expansion of Kolkata and Durgapur airports, strategy for flight operation from Cooch Behar RCS Airport, development and expansion of Bagdogra airport. The meeting also discussed a request from the West Bengal government for starting seaplane operations from Digha.
31/12/19 PTI/India Today
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